MCC Honors Students for Commitment to Service
Whether they are mentoring local youth, coordinating a community garden or participating in international service, Erica Adams and Andria Baker never hesitate to donate their time and skills to helping others.
Michigan Campus Compact has honored Adams, Baker and 13 additional Alma College students for their commitment to service.
Adams, a senior from Milford, and Baker, a senior from Constantine, are the 2012 recipients of the Commitment to Service Award, an honor given to two students on each Michigan Campus Compact member campus for their commitment to community service.
Erica Adams, serving in Nicaragua
“Erica exemplifies Alma College’s mission of serving generously,” says Anne Ritz, service learning coordinator. “She is a four-year varsity athlete who has combined her academics and athletics with high-intensity service.”
Adams has served as a middle school student mentor for the Explore/Mentor PLUS Program for three years. She also has participated as a service learning student assistant, recruiting volunteers, coordinating co-curricular service, co-presenting academic service learning orientations, leading reflections and tabulating service learning surveys.
In addition, she coaches Girls on the Run and participated in international service at a women and children’s health center when the Alma College volleyball team traveled to Nicaragua. As a SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) member and officer, Adams planned and provided leadership for the first Women’s Career Building Day in Alma.
Baker, an intern with the Explore/Mentor PLUS Program for the past three years, also exemplifies service and commitment, says Ritz.
“Parents in the community have come to know and appreciate Andria as she has mentored and coached their middle school youth through the afterschool program,” says Ritz. “She has provided educational, recreational and college access activities through Kid’s Night Out and the Summer Parks Program for elementary youth for the past four years.”
Andria Baker, mentoring local youth
Baker, a four-year varsity athlete on the volleyball team who also was heavily involved with the Center for Responsible Leadership, was instrumental in coordinating a community garden project that resulted from dialog forums with local Alma leaders and Alma College students. In addition, she provided student leadership for her peers at the Leadership Development Institute at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. She also served as president of the Education Club and president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.
Students with 'Heart and Soul'
Thirteen additional Alma College students will receive the Heart and Soul Award in recognition of their time, effort and personal commitment through service. All of the award recipients will be honored at Michigan Campus Compact’s annual Outstanding Student Service Awards Ceremony, which will be held on April 14 in East Lansing.
Recipients are Memphis junior Morgan Bauman, Fremont sophomore Morgan Beeler, Indianapolis senior Simone Boos, Midland senior Meredith Brown, Redford senior Marissa Cross, Alma senior Alexa R. Gilbert, Muskegon junior Katie Gordon, Orchard Lake senior Shelby Gray, Mount Pleasant senior Samantha LaChance, Marshall senior Courtney Martin, Niles senior Lindsay Prenkert, North Muskegon senior Annette R. Stromberg, and Vassar senior Elisabeth Wilder.
Michigan Campus Compact promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college and university students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.
Posted: Fri, March 16th, 2012 at 10:20AM